Nadia’s favourite ac­tiv­i­ties and des­ti­na­tions

Nadia - - ADVENTURE -

For many Ki­wis, the dream of own­ing a boat is in our DNA. Even though we have one of the high­est rates of boat own­er­ship per capita, in truth the re­al­ity is that this de­sire of­ten re­mains a fan­tasy.

En­ter Stitch­bird cre­ator Char­lie North, a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer who took on the chal­lenge to pro­duce a kit­set row­boat which can be built in less than three weeks with no prior boat-build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. His fin­ished prod­uct in­cludes ev­ery­thing needed to build the boat – from ma­rine-grade ply­wood parts to glue, sand­pa­per, paint and fix­tures – mak­ing it an ideal joint project for fam­i­lies, cou­ples and groups of friends.

In­spired by a last­ing mem­ory of build­ing a wooden boat with his fa­ther, Char­lie wanted the ex­pe­ri­ence to be avail­able to any­one, re­gard­less of time, spe­cial­ist tools or knowl­edge.

“The process of build­ing the boat with Dad brought us closer to­gether, work­ing side by side at night and on week­ends and hav­ing a com­mon goal,” he ex­plains.

With the help of Copen­hagen-based busi­ness part­ner Annabel Jenk­ins, Stitch­bird is now ready to take on in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers, so this in­ge­nious lit­tle Kiwi row­boat will be set­ting sail around the globe. Avail­able in 15 dif­fer­ent paint colours, the fin­ished dinghy weighs just 20kg so it’s easy to trans­port and can even be equipped with an out­board mo­tor.

To build a boat of your own visit

stitch­bird.co.

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